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Wednesday, July 31

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Oprah to host fundraiser for Booker

Oprah Winfrey is lending her star power to a rising star in the Democratic Party.

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Florida deputies mistake man for car thief in his own driveway

They fire at him, and two rounds hit his legs

Was he a suspect or a victim? A Florida Sheriff says an unarmed man -- mistaken for a car thief and shot by deputies in his own driveway -- is both.

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HBCU Sports Roundup

Over the past few weeks, we have heard some really great news concerning Historically Black Colleges and Universities:

Tuesday, July 30

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Back to school events prepare parents and children in AA County

The calendar may still say July, but it’s never too early for parents to plan to attend Back-To-School Night at their child’s school.

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Detroit has finally hit bottom – let’s rebuild!

It has been a long and rocky ride down the economic slope for the Motor City.

Monday, July 29

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Feds want Texas to clear voting-rights changes with them

The U.S. Justice Department will seek a federal court order forcing Texas to resume "preclearing" any changes to its voting laws, the first enforcement action by the Obama administration since the Supreme Court tossed out a key provision of the landmark Voting Rights Act.

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Full moon may disrupt sleep, study says

You don't have to be a werewolf to feel restless when the full moon rises.

Friday, July 26

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Indie Soul: Summer Indie Music Festival

When this column first started, the sole purpose was to be part of a movement to expose readers and fans to something new and fresh in entertainment, books, films, television, business and music.

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Orioles fan and military hero is an All-Star

Rob Jones recently spent a few days in New York, taking in baseball’s All-Star Game and enjoying the sights and sounds of the big city.

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Calico Industries, Inc. celebrates 90-year anniversary by donating to local charities

Annapolis Junction-based distributor, Calico Industries, Inc., is donating 90 cases (approximately 45,000 bags) of trash bags to local charities in honor of its 90th anniversary.

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AACC names Makell to lead women’s basketball team

Anne Arundel Community College has named Lionel Makell of Shadyside as the new head coach of its Pioneers Women’s Basketball team.

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Applications open for the 2014 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey, Essence Magazine

Disney Dreamers Academy celebrates seventh year of igniting lives, dreams and passions

Plans are underway for the 2014 Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine.

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Anne Arundel Co. names Mamie Perkins interim schools superintendent

The Board of Education of Anne Arundel County has appointed Mamie Perkins, a 40-year educator who served as acting superintendent of Howard County Public Schools in 2011-2012, to serve as interim superintendent of Maryland’s fifth largest school system for the coming school year.

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Giant Food, Orioles team up to inspire a new generation

The Orioles partnered with Giant Food to host a series of youth baseball clinics at Oriole Park.

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Indie Soul: TV News

Are you ready for Rickey Smiley? TV One’s original comedy series “The Rickey Smiley Show” returns this July for season number two.

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Orioles Reach hosts 27th Annual Food and Funds Drive at Oriole Park

The Orioles, along with the Orioles Wives, Oriole Advocates, WJZ-TV and MASN personalities, Von Paris Moving and Storage and the Maryland Food Bank, will hold the 27th annual Food and Funds Drive at Oriole Park at Camden Yards July 26-28, 2013 during the series against the Boston Red Sox.

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Kove, Baltimore winner 'Coors Light-Search for the Coldest' semifinals

In an industry many hip-hop artists are aspiring to conquer, The “Coors Light Search for the Coldest” competition offers individuals an opportunity to gain recognition in the music industry.

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Pastor, radio host urge soul searching after Zimmerman verdict

The aftermath of the controversial verdict in the George Zimmerman murder trial should lead to more than just protest in the black community.

Thursday, July 25

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Cristo Rey graduate sees bright future

To Elijah Miles, a successful future begins with a list of elementary, but important habits that are necessary as he enters college and then the business world: Offer a steady handshake, but not too strong; lose any slang his speech may contain; and learn how to use a spreadsheet and present professional and well thought out posts to social media websites.

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Baltimore City NAACP branch receives 2013 Thalheimer Award

Baltimore City NAACP President Tessa Hill-Aston accepted the 2013 Thalheimer Award on behalf of the city branch of the civil rights organization at the National NAACP Convention that was held July 13-17 in Orlando, Florida.

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Take solace in compelling summer reading after Zimmerman Verdict

“I am an invisible man. No, I am not a spook like those who haunted Edgar Allen Poe, nor am I one of your Hollywood-movie ectoplasms. I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids— and I might even be said to possess a mind.

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Trayvon inspired Obama to act like the first black president

In 2004 at the Democratic National Committee’s presidential convention, I was mesmerized by Barack Obama, a little known state senator from Illinois.

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Health care questions & answers

This October, your state will unroll its new health insurance marketplace, or “exchange.”

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Non-profit receiver auctions vacant properties

One House at a Time, Inc. (OHAAT), the city’s only non-profit vacant building receiver, will hold a “gallery auction” of vacant properties on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 12:30 p.m. at Union Mill in Hampden.

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Bottom Lines After Zimmerman Verdict

Now that George Zimmerman has been acquitted, it’s time to make note of a few bottom lines in the case, and there are quite a few.

Wednesday, July 24

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What George Zimmerman should do now

There have been calls from President Obama and others for us to “move forward” or “move on” after the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial.

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Dr. Dorris Woods uses own experience to pen new book

Dr. Dorris S. Woods, a clinical nurse and college professor went to the doctor for a routine physical examination, and was shocked at the news she was told.

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“Shark Tank” holds casting call for minority-owned businesses during Kingonomics

The ABC reality-based television series, “Shark Tank,” gives aspiring entrepreneurs the opportunity to present their business or product to a panel of wealthy investors.

Tuesday, July 23

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Are you saving enough for your child’s college education?

Despite rising college costs, fewer American families with children under age 18 are saving for college.

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Helping your kids be successful in college and beyond

With so much emphasis placed on getting into college, the importance of succeeding once there is often lost. Less than half of U.S. students who enter a four-year college receive degrees within six years.

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Fantasia returns to Broadway for 'After Midnight'

"American Idol" champ Fantasia Barrino is warming her pipes for a jazzy production this fall.

Monday, July 22

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16 things that are wrong in Detroit

Michigan governor approves bankruptcy filing

If you're a Detroiter who needs a police officer, it will take 58 minutes to get help -- more than five times what it takes elsewhere in the United States.

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Overheard: Life is good for 'Scandal's' Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington's on-screen life is filled with "Scandal," but off-screen, the 36-year-old actress has plenty to smile about.

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Obama: 'Trayvon Martin could have been me'

In unscheduled and unusually personal remarks, President Barack Obama tried Friday to explain why African-Americans were upset about last week's acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin while lowering expectations for federal charges in the case.

Friday, July 19

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Talking to kids about the Zimmerman trial

Parents have sat their children down to talk about how others perceive them

Amiyrah Martin of Edison, New Jersey, an African-American mom of two, says she and her husband are still trying to figure out how to sit their 8-year-old son down and explain the Trayvon Martin case and its conclusion -- without getting emotional.

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Local boxer Franchon Crews participates in “Rappel For Kidney Health”

Event raises money for the National Kidney Foundation

The National Kidney Foundation of Maryland (NKF-MD) held the fourth annual Rappel for Kidney Health signature event on Saturday, June 8, 2013 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront in Harbor East.

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HBCU Sports Roundup

Here is what’s happening currently at some of the Historical Black Colleges and Universities:

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Indie Soul: Avant/TGT concert review

On Friday, July 12, 2013 at Pier Six Pavilion in Baltimore, I had VIP access for one the hottest concerts this summer.

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Performing a mid-year financial checkup

Why is performing a mid-year financial check-up important?

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Rambling Rose

Jazz @ the Grand

Hello everyone, how are you? I am fair to middlin' myself (as my grandmother used to say).

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Justice denied

The reaction to the not guilty verdict from George Zimmerman’s jury was swift and strong.

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Maryland Job Corps education and training center accepting new students

Programs provide credentials and skills training in more than 100 occupations

For eligible young people, ages 16 to 24, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Job Corps program provides a free education and training program that helps them learn a career, earn a high school diploma or equivalent credential and find and keep a good job.

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Local barber works with Allstate Helping Heroes

Robert Cradle has cut hair for a living for quite some time. The 44-year-old Odenton resident, doesn’t charge the homeless and the needy.

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Boxing program helps knockout dropout rates

“Marvin has always been dedicated, he loves boxing and he loves the children here in Baltimore,” said Kevin Grace, an instructor and spokesman for the UMAR Boxing and Youth Development Center. Grace, who has known Marvin McDowell for quite some time is also a historian and actor, who once appeared on HBO’s “The Wire.” 

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Ray Lewis Family Foundation receives $11,000 from Dunkin' Donuts

Last fall, Baltimore area Dunkin' Donuts stores introduced an insulated coffee mug featuring Baltimore Ravens linebacker, Ray Lewis "in motion" performing his famous touchdown dance.

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Astronaut champions STEM Program at Bowie State University

Eighteen years ago, Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr., made history as the first black astronaut to walk in space.

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MTA Allows water bottles during heat wave

The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) has announced that due to the ongoing severe heat throughout the state the agency is temporarily relaxing its ban on water bottles. Passengers will be allowed to bring clear water bottles on Metro Subway, Local Bus, Light Rail and Mobility vehicles.

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Artscape, America’s largest free arts festival

32nd Annual Artscape

Artscape, America’s largest free arts festival takes place Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, July 21 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Mount Royal Avenue and North Charles Street in Baltimore.

Thursday, July 18

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Summer garden glory without the weeding and watering

Summer can be tough on gardens. In what should be their glory days, many gardens suffer from neglect.

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New technology helps boomers and seniors have fun and stay in touch

Whether you’re a technophobe who is reluctant to make new purchases, or you warmly embrace every trend, you may be excited to hear about user-friendly innovations, such as touch screen computers, that can make life easier and more fu

Wednesday, July 17

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Do’s and don'ts for parents of summer campers

Summer is officially here, and for many parents and kids that means summer camp. Many of us grew up with wonderful memories of summer-filled days at camp.

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Medication during pregnancy: What's safe to take?

Pregnancy is a time of excitement and joy, but it can also be an anxious, frustrating time if a mom-to be needs to take medication.

Tuesday, July 16

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Robin Thicke explains his 'Blurred Lines'

Says song is about "female empowerment"

Robin Thicke is clearing up the hazy meaning behind his summer jam, "Blurred Lines."

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Beyonce holds moment of silence for Trayvon

As the news erupted Saturday that George Zimmerman had been acquitted in the Trayvon Martin trial, Beyoncé chose to reflect with a moment of silence.

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Despite outrage, federal charges uncertain in Zimmerman case

Federal hate crimes laws require proof of racial motivation, legal experts say

In the emotional aftermath of the Trayvon Martin killing last year, Attorney General Eric Holder signaled the unlikelihood of filing federal hate crimes charges against admitted shooter George Zimmerman.

Monday, July 15

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Prescription painkiller epidemic among women

Women are dying from prescription painkiller overdoses at rates never seen before, according to a new CDC Vital Signs.

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The best Cosby sweater of all?

It might be summer, but Bill Cosby has sweaters on his mind.

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Red Cross issues emergency call for blood and platelet donors

Blood donations down about 10 percent in June

The American Red Cross issued an emergency request for platelet and blood donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and give because many fewer donations than expected were received in June and the first week of July.

Sunday, July 14

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Zimmerman found not guilty of murder in Trayvon Martin's death

"Even though I am broken hearted my faith is unshattered," Martin's father tweets

George Zimmerman never denied shooting Trayvon Martin, but he said he did so in self defense. Late Saturday night, a Florida jury found him not guilty in the teenager's death.

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HBCU Roundup

AT&T Nation's Football Classic™

We are two months away from the start of football season here in Maryland.

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Free outdoor concert featuring Joe Keyes & The Late Bloomer Band

Enjoy a free outdoor concert on the labyrinth featuring Joe Keyes & The Late Bloomer Band at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts on Thursday, July 25 at 6 pm.

Friday, July 12

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Education Matters

Higher education dirty secrets revealed Part II

College grades matter more than you may realize.

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Zimmerman case likely in jury's hands in a few hours

The murder case was filled with recordings of harrowing screams for help, panicked 911 calls and mystery over what happened that fateful night. On Friday, the jury will try to make sense of it when it starts deliberating George Zimmerman's fate.

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Deltas celebrate centennial in Baltimore

Hundreds of people gathered in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor on Friday, July 5, 2013 to welcome the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority’s traveling torch arrival to Maryland hosted by Baltimore and Annapolis chapters.

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Mortimer H. Neufville named president of Coppin State University

The University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents named Mortimer H. Neufville, Ph.D., the next president of Coppin State University. He will serve a two-year term in the position, effective immediately through June 30, 2015.

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America’s Crisis: 38 Million have no Retirement Assets

As more Baby Boomers continue to retire, a new research report has found that the nation is facing a trillion dollar retirement savings crisis. According to the National Institute on Retirement Security (NIRS), 38 million Americans— 45 percent of working-age households— have no retirement account assets.

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The Pulse of Entertainment

BET’s ‘Being Mary Jane’ starring Gabrielle Union debuts January 2014

“She’s a mom with Lupus,” said Academy Award nominated Margaret Avery who co-stars in BET’s new series “Being Mary Jane” with Gabrielle Union.

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Sharifa A. Anderson named to Lawyers of Color’s Inaugural Hot List

Ballard Spahr Baltimore attorney Sharifa A. Anderson has been selected to the Lawyers of Color Inaugural Hot List for the Mid-Atlantic Region.

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“Stitching History” Star Spangled Banner Project began July 4th

At a celebration at Ft. McHenry National Monument and Shrine on July 4, 2013 The Maryland Historical Society (MdHS) began recreating the 30 x 42 foot Star-Spangled Banner flag that inspired the writing of our national anthem.

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Beat the Streets camp combines wrestling, science

For campers at the Beat the Streets STEM/Wrestling Camp at Morgan State University the day starts out with a 7 a.m. run across campus.

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Breakthrough gene therapy for sickle cell disease brings new hope

An exciting new medical breakthrough could forever change the lives of individuals with sickle cell disease (SCD).

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Flander Dunham celebrates 100th birthday

The world has come a long way since Flander Dunham was born 100 years ago on July 4, 1913.

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Men in Action offer brighter future for Park Heights

The Park Heights community celebrated Father’s Day with performances, grilled food and family.

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Bowie student chosen for National Four Star Leadership Program

Karla Talley, age 17, an incoming senior this fall at Bowie High School, is among 50 students nationwide who have been selected to participate in the Four Star Leadership program, offering leadership training, policy debate, speech competition and scholarships, and the opportunity to engage with national and global leaders, July 14-20 in Oklahoma City

Thursday, July 11

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Closing arguments set to start in Zimmerman trial

Jurors are expected to get the case Friday

The trial of George Zimmerman, which has highlighted the issues of race and gun violence, is set to begin closing arguments Thursday.

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Study says diet soda may do more harm than good

Diet soda drinkers have the same health issues as those who drink regular soda, according to a new report published Wednesday.

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The hidden 17% tax: Your cell phone bill

Your wireless carrier isn't the only one pocketing money when you pay your cell phone bill.

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Golf tournament to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Annapolis and Anne Arundel Co.

Join the excitement and your chance to win one million dollars at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County’s (BGCAA) annual golf tournament.

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Enroll now for AACC’s fall term

Invest in yourself by enrolling in fall credit courses at Anne Arundel Community College. Registration for fall classes is underway now.

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Gwynn Oak Park: 50 Years Later

It happened 50 years ago, in the summer of 1963.

Wednesday, July 10

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Five internship secrets from superstar college interns

Expert: "A great internship is an exploration of what you don't want to do"

For many college students, landing a coveted internship is a feat. But making the most of the internship is the real accomplishment.

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'Raise your voice, not your hands,' cops urge as Zimmerman verdict looms

Authorities plan for anticipated tensions

Florida authorities have a message as the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial looms: raise your voice, not your hands.

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Stay cool, hydrated and informed this summer

A new study shows that heat-related deaths are on the rise.

Tuesday, July 9

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Maryland bans sale of crib bumper pads

Babies sleep best “Alone, on their Back in, and in a Crib”

While crib bumpers may be cute, they're dangerous, and now they're illegal in the state of Maryland.

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Tips for running your home on a budget

Whether you are living paycheck to paycheck or have cash to spare at the end of the month, it’s wise to trim unnecessary costs. By spending less on the things you need, you’ll have more for the things your family wants. 

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Mariah Carey hurt in video mishap

Carey was shooting a video directed by her husband Nick Cannon when injured

Mariah Carey is "fine" a day after an accident during a video shoot in New York on Sunday night, her representative said Monday.

Monday, July 8

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Go barefoot or go home: 15 best islands you've never heard of

While many well known islands inhabit prominent spots on the average bucket list, there's another group of outposts that only the truly island-savvy know about.

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Key moments in the George Zimmerman trial

The trial of George Zimmerman is already two weeks old and has seen its share of memorable moments.

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City declares first code red heat day of summer

Tips on how to stay safe in the heat

The Baltimore City Health Department issued the first code red heat alert of the summer on Sunday, July 7.

Friday, July 5

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As American as apple pie - the origins of picnic favorites

There's nothing quite so American as gathering your friends and family to celebrate Independence Day with a classic cookout.

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Kerry Washington mum on marriage reports

Other celebrities irked about their lack of private life should take notes from Kerry Washington.

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Nelson Mandela's health 'perilous,' court documents say

Tutu urges Mandelas to cool burial dispute

Former South African President Nelson Mandela's health had declined so sharply last week that his family was considering whether to take him off life support before his condition improved, a court document released Thursday revealed.

Thursday, July 4

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Eight states raise their gas tax

Md. gas tax goes up

Eight states increased their gas tax this week, according to a report from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy.

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Happy 4th of July!

Hello my friends, so what do you think?

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Jammy Jams Releases hip hop lullaby series

It seems like a lifetime ago to Jeff Bradford when he was drumming to some of the hardest core tunes in rock music.

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Budweiser Clydesdales deliver scholarships to Laurel military family

Rocky Sickmann knows all too well the price of freedom and the importance of honoring American military personnel and their families.

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Wedding Bell Bliss: Making room for your mother-in-law

Wedding season is almost here and wedding preparations are in full frenzy. You have so much to think about and plan— invitations, dresses, showers, cake, flowers, ceremony location, reception details, and on and on.

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Indie Soul review of the week

Welcome back to another week of Indie Soul! This week we highlight men in Brazil, an up and coming hip-hop, and the new Samsung phone.

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ArtsCentric launches new play

Sequina DuBose is far from uncomfortable when tackling topics that are sure to make some feel uneasy.

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Nunsense: Hilarious nonsense

Going to Toby's Dinner Theater is a wonderful way to spend an evening or an afternoon.

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Supreme Court made right call on voting and affirmative action

Last week liberal blacks and whites went crazy after the Supreme Court issued its ruling on affirmative action and the voting rights cases.

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Summertime learning brings a lifetime of benefits

Pop quiz: What's the most critical time of the year for American students?

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Former addict pens sobering memoir

Ester Nicholson admitted long ago that she had a problem. Something experts say is critical to recovery.

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HBCU Sports Roundup

Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are not only known for their academics and sports, but also for their marching bands.

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Shirley M. Watts appointed to Court of Appeals

First African American woman to hold the postion

Governor O'Malley named the Honorable Shirley M. Watts to the Baltimore City Court of Appeals. Once confirmed, she will be the first African American woman to hold the position.

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Patients HIV-free for now after transplant

Experts say it's too early to know if the two are cured

Two more HIV patients have no signs of the virus in their blood following bone marrow transplants, according to the Boston researchers who treated them.

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Statue of Liberty reopens as weather, sequester dampen some celebrations

Liberty Island reopens after Superstorm Sandy damage

Lady Liberty reopened her doors to the huddled masses Thursday, a big bright spot for an Independence Day dampened by soaking rains and canceled fireworks celebrations elsewhere in the country.

Wednesday, July 3

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Delay in Obamacare - what you need to know

The Obamacare employer mandate has been delayed by a year to 2015, meaning that many businesses can push back providing worker health insurance a bit longer.

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Egypt travel advisories renewed in wake of violence

Md. student died in violence

In addition to deaths at public demonstrations, the British government notes reports of "more than forty rapes and sexual assaults of Egyptian and foreign women."

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Up all night with Kevin Hart

Kevin Hart is releasing a new concert movie called "Let Me Explain"

Last year Kevin Hart sold out two consecutive nights at New York's famed Madison Square Garden, a venue that most standup comedians aspire to at some point in their career.

Tuesday, July 2

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Indepence Day is a City holiday

No trash pick up or recycling collection

Director Alfred H. Foxx reminds everyone that Independence Day, Thursday, July 4, 2013, is a City holiday. Department of Public Works’ offices and yards will be closed.

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Sex abuse lawsuits against 'Elmo' voice actor dismissed

Accusers' lawyer vows to "appeal the decision and continue the fight"

Three lawsuits alleging sex abuse by Kevin Clash, the puppeteer who gave Sesame Street's Elmo his voice, were dismissed by a judge who ruled the accusers waited too long to sue.

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Public fireworks a safe option this 4th of July

Tips to avoid fireworks injuries

With the arrival of summer, State Fire Marshal William E. Barnard is suggesting that Marylanders should attend public fireworks displays.

Monday, July 1

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Family of Nelson Mandela: His health is in God's hands now

Crowds continue to gather outside hospital

The former wife of Nelson Mandela visited him Sunday in the hospital where the ailing anti-apartheid icon is clinging to life, the South African Press Association reported.

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J-Lo sings happy birthday wishes to repressive Asian leader

Human Rights Watch says Turkmenistan has "extraordinary levels of repression"

Jennifer Lopez sang "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" on Saturday to a leader who has been characterized as one of the most repressive in the world.

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AACC names new vice president of learning

Anne Arundel Community College has named Karen L. Hays, Ph.D., as the college’s new Vice President for Learning, effective July 1, 2013. In that role,